Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/30/2010 06:12:16 AM PST

HIGHLAND – The City Council has committed $11 million in Redevelopment Agency bond money to fund infrastructure improvements along Greenspot Road, between the 210 Freeway and Boulder Avenue.

The design for the improvements could be completed by April, said Public Works Director Ernie Wong. It’s likely that sometime after April the city will begin awarding bids for some projects, Wong said.

“It’s going to put the electrical (lines) underground, it’s going to put a median down the street and put all of the hookups for water and sewer so that when those developers come in and start they won’t have to dig up the street,” said Councilman Ross Jones. “It will be done and (developers) will be able to proceed with construction.”

In 2007, the council voted to sell a bond that fetched $38.4 million for capital improvement projects, city reports say. The council decided to set $11 million aside to finance improvements along the road, which passes through the Golden Triangle, an area zoned for multi-use development.

Since the bonds were sold, commercial building has come to the south side of the triangle, including a Lowe’s, Staples and L.A. Fitness. Redlands-based Mission Development Co. and Phoenix-based Vestar Development Co. have yet to begin development plans on the triangle’s 100-acre-plus north side.

In separate news, the council has decided to continue the Historic Facade Improvement Program in the city’s Historic District, which is bound by Nona Avenue to Main Street north to south and Orange Street to Church Avenue west to east.

The program provides up to $1,000 in grant money to improve the outside of commercial buildings in the district. Jones said most of the buildings have been vacant for sometime.

The goal is to provide property owners with matching funds to make buildings more aesthetically pleasing, which may prompt property owners to establish a business or consider leasing the buildings to businesses, Jones said.

The program is funded by $11,447 in excess cash the annual Citrus Harvest Festival has produced over the past 13 years, a city report says.

In other separate news, to better leverage the limited resources of the city’s Sheriff’s Station, the council unanimously approved a proposal to dissolve motorcycle traffic patrols.

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